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UAE to stop censoring films

Date: 22 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


The government of United Arab Emirates has announced to end censorship of films that are released in cinemas.



The move is a part of many reforms initiated in the Gulf State and present itself as a broadminded and liberal nation.



  • The move is said to be in line with the nation’s vision of cutting dependence on oil, and attracting foreign investment by diversifying economy.

  • Other recent reforms include decriminalizing the consumption of alcohol and allowing cohabitation out-of marriage.

  • To align with typical western work weeks, the country had recently announced adaption of four-and-a-half workday week.


The new changes to censor

  • A new category known as 21+ years will be created. It will show international version of films that are not edited out to remove objectionable scenes.

  • Currently, the conservative censor board is in line with the religious beliefs of the ruling elite. It cuts kissing scenes, blurs the names of dishes that contain non-halal foods and blocks certain channels.


Recent reforms in UAE

  • UAE is a multicultural and linguistic country with 80% of the resident population comprising of people from other nationality.

  • As part of reforms, it recently normalized its ties with the state of Israel, becoming only the third Arab state to do so.

  • UAE also introduced a long-term resident visa known as “golden visa” to attract foreign residents.

  • People with golden visa can live, work, and study in the UAE without requiring a sponsor, and also have 100 per cent ownership of their business.